Zoologist

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Zoologist
Normal Zoologist Fox Zoologist
Map Icon Zoologist.png
Map Icon
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypePassive AI
Damage10
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%

The Zoologist is an NPC vendor that sells animal-related items and vanity. She will move in when the following criteria have been met:

  • There is an empty house.
  • The Bestiary has been filled to at least 10% (53 entries).

She sells a large variety of vanity items, in addition to many mounts and pets, critter-themed accessories, and the Universal Pylon, depending on the Bestiary's completion percentage.

The Zoologist will attack nearby enemies with her claws to defend herself.

Items sold

Note: All item prices can be decreased by equipping a Discount Card or Greedy RingDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions. Prices can also be higher or lower based on the NPC's happiness level.
Inventory
Item Cost Availability

Guide To Critter CompanionshipGuide To Critter CompanionshipDesktop and Mobile versions 5 Always available.
Squirrel HookSquirrel HookDesktop and Mobile versions 2 Always available.
Leather WhipLeather WhipDesktop and Mobile versions 15 Always available.
Mollusk WhistleMollusk WhistleDesktop and Mobile versions 20 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 25% (131 entries).
Critter ShampooCritter ShampooDesktop and Mobile versions 10 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 30% (157 entries).
Dog EarsDog EarsDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 1 (Full Moon)
Dog TailDog TailDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 1 (Full Moon)
Fox EarsFox EarsDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter)
Fox TailFox TailDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter)
Lizard EarsLizard EarsDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 5 (New Moon)
Lizard TailLizard TailDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 5 (New Moon)
Bunny EarsBunny EarsDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 7 (First Quarter)
Bunny TailBunny TailDesktop and Mobile versions 3 During the following moon phase: Moon phase 7 (First Quarter)
Full Moon Squeaky ToyFull Moon Squeaky ToyDesktop and Mobile versions 30 In Hardmode during a Blood Moon
Mud BudMud BudDesktop and Mobile versions 50 After defeating Plantera
Cat LicenseCat LicenseDesktop and Mobile versions 5 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 10% (53 entries), and the Town Cat has not already been spawned.
Dog LicenseDog LicenseDesktop and Mobile versions 5 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 25% (131 entries), and the Town Dog has not already been spawned.
Bunny LicenseBunny LicenseDesktop and Mobile versions 5 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 45% (235 entries), and Town Bunny has not already been spawned.
Koi KiteKoi KiteDesktop and Mobile versions 2 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 10% (53 entries).
Crawltipede KiteCrawltipede KiteDesktop and Mobile versions 2 After beating the Solar Pillar
Universal PylonUniversal PylonDesktop and Mobile versions 1 When the Bestiary has been filled completely (522 entries).
Any PylonAny PylonDesktop and Mobile versions 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.
Dusty Rawhide SaddleDusty Rawhide SaddleDesktop and Mobile versions 25 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 30% (157 entries).
Royal Gilded SaddleRoyal Gilded SaddleDesktop and Mobile versions 25 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 30% (157 entries).
Black Studded SaddleBlack Studded SaddleDesktop and Mobile versions 25 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 30% (157 entries).
Sakura SaplingSakura SaplingDesktop and Mobile versions 1 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 30% (157 entries).
Yellow Willow SaplingYellow Willow SaplingDesktop and Mobile versions 1 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 30% (157 entries).
Rabbit PerchRabbit PerchDesktop and Mobile versions 15 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 40% (209 entries).
Jousting LanceJousting LanceDesktop and Mobile versions 6 In Hardmode
Fairy GlowstickFairy GlowstickDesktop and Mobile versions 75 Once the player fills out all three Fairies in the Bestiary
World GlobeWorld GlobeDesktop and Mobile versions 3 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 50% (261 entries).
Tree GlobeTree GlobeDesktop and Mobile versions 3 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 50% (261 entries).
Lightning CarrotLightning CarrotDesktop and Mobile versions 50 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 50% (261 entries).
Digging MolecartDigging MolecartDesktop and Mobile versions 50 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 60% (314 entries).
Ball O' Fuse WireBall O' Fuse WireDesktop and Mobile versions 50 When the Bestiary has been filled to at least 70% (366 entries).

Living preferences Desktop and Mobile versions

BiomeNeighbor
Lovesn/a
Dislikes
Hatesn/a

For more information, see NPC happiness.

Names

The Zoologist may have any of the following names:

  • Arien
  • Astra
  • Azaria
  • Becca
  • Bindi
  • Daphne
  • Dian
  • Ellen
  • Hayley
  • Jane
  • Juanita
  • Lizzy
  • Lori
  • MacKenzie
  • Mardy
  • Maria
  • Mollie
  • Robyn
  • Tia
  • Veronica

Quotes

Interaction quotes

    • "I collected critters like you once, then I took a cursed fox bite to the knee!"
    • "I may not know, like, a whole lot...but I can talk your head off about nature and critters and animals and wildlife and..."
    • "My older bro calls me a lycanthrope. It means I'm like, part animal or something. He'd know, though, because he spends all his time outside!"
    • "I love animals, like, a lot! I tried to pet this weird looking fox one time, he sooo bit me, and now I became like one! Rad!"
    • "Staahp pulling on my tail, bro, it's totally real, and like...totally hurts when you pull on it!"
    • "Oh, THESE ears? Haha, totes better to hear you with, my dear!"
    • "This one time, at critter camp, I woke up one morning and everything was torn apart! Like, wow, how did I sleep through THAT?!"
    • "Wow, like, I've never seen a full moon. For some reason, it's like I pass out every time one's around!"
    • "I have noooo idea how I got here, but it's mega rad."

    When transformed:

    • "Grrr!! Away. Stay. NOW!"
    • "Rawgh! Roo! Danger. Me. Wraaaath!"

    When Stylist is present:

    • "Huh?! No, <name of Stylist> didn't dye my hair. It's naturally this color! It was like, dark brown before I was bitten, though!"

    During a Solar Eclipse:

    • "Like wow, I feel like I belong with the creepy killer things running around right now. So glad I'm not that mindless."

    During a Party:

    • "So, uh, I can't wear the hat. Sorry. I'm still here for the party, no worries!"

    During Rain:

    • "Staaaap! Ugh! Not you, this lame rain."
    • "For real!? I can't STAND being wet! It's gross."

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "Eek!! You have NO idea how much thunder hurts my sensitive ears."
    • "Is it over yet? I have this, like, irrational fear of thunderstorms."

    During a Windy Day:

    • "Running in the wind makes me feel so free and wild. Totes try it sometime!"
    • "The breeze blows through my hair, it's, like, woah."

    When in a Graveyard:

    • "My instincts are totally going wild. I really need to get out of here!"
    • "Ok, like, this place is totally freaky. It makes my fur stand on end!"
  • Happiness quotes

  • When homeless:

    • "Like, I can't just go live in a burrow, you know. I need a house!"

    When homeless while transformed:

    • "GRAH! Need HOME! NOW!"

    When neutral:

    • "I'm feeling good, actually! Thanks for askin'!"

    When neutral while transformed:

    • "Rrrr... feel fine."

    When far from home:

    • "I'm uh, like, a little homesick? Plus I need to feed my pets!"

    When far from home while transformed:

    • "Grrawr... home! far FAR! CANNOT TRACK."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "I absolutely love having my own place to be myself! This is like, totally awesome!"

    When in a sparse area while transformed:

    • "Rrrrr... open space. HAPPY."

    When overcrowded:

    • "I get a little anxious around a lot of people. I like, don't want that."
    • "Eek! I hate feeling worried about what will happen with all these people around!"

    When overcrowded while transformed:

    • "Rawgh! PEOPLE. TOO MANY. Irritate!"
    • "Snarrrrrll... CANNOT. STAND. CROWDING!"

    When in a Forest:

    • "I love animals, so naturally the Forest is like, the best place ever! Yas!"

    When in a Forest while transformed:

    • "In the Forest... Good RUN! PLAY! HUNT! Yee!"

    When in a Desert:

    • "It's like, weird having instincts and all, and the Desert really makes me want to run away!"

    When in a Desert while transformed:

    • "Mrrrr... the Desert. NO SMELL GOOD."

    When in an Evil biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Like, the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon totally reeks of those curses that fox cub had -- the one that bit me!"

    When in an Evil biome or the Dungeon while transformed:

    • "Gughhh, the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon... I LOATHE. BAD SCENERY."

    When near the Witch Doctor:

    • "I can't explain it. I have like, a thing for <name of Witch Doctor> the Witch Doctor. Is it because of the tail?"

    When near the Witch Doctor while transformed:

    • "LOVE. STRONG... <name of Witch Doctor> the Witch Doctor. Yeeyee!"

    When near the Golfer:

    • "Of course I like <name of Golfer> the Golfer! I like, knew them since I was born!"

    When near the Golfer while transformed:

    • "<name of Golfer> the Golfer. Rrr... GOOD. FEEL."

    When near the Angler:

    • "I don't like how cruel <name of Angler> the Angler is!"

    When near the Angler while transformed:

    • "<name of Angler> the Angler.... VIBES. BAD! Grrl"

    When near the Arms Dealer:

    • "I really totally hate what <name of Arms Dealer> the Arms Dealer does to animals!"

    When near the Arms Dealer while transformed:

    • "Arghl! NO <name of Arms Dealer> the Arms Dealer. HATE. FURY. DISGUST!!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "Like, <name of Princess> the Princess has her subjects searching for a way for me to break my fox curse! Yass!"

    When near the Princess while transformed:

    • "<name of Princess> the Princess... PINK. GOOD."
  • Trivia

    • The Zoologist will transform into a werefox on full moons and blood moons, speaking differently while transformed. Upon morning she will revert back to normal. These are also the same times that Deathweed blooms.
    • Despite not being very hard to get, the Zoologist has a 5 star rarity in the Bestiary.
    • The quote, "I collected critters like you once, then I took a cursed fox bite to the knee!" is a reference to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with the often-repeated line "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow to the knee".
    • The possible name for the Zoologist "Bindi" is a reference to famed real-life zoologist, Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.
    • The quote, "Oh, THESE ears? Haha, totes better to hear you with, my dear!" is a reference to the fairy tale of "Little Red Riding Hood", wherein the Big Bad Wolf responds in a similar manner to questions about his unusual proportions when disguised as Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother.
    • When the Zoologist turns into a werefox, her minimap icon does not change.
    • The quote “This one time at critter camp...” could be a reference to the 1993 comedy film American Pie.
    • According to Redigit, the Zoologist is the Golfer's younger sister, referenced by some of her quotes.[1]
    • The Zoologist's name in the files of the game is named "Bestiary Girl".
    • The Zoologist will not put on a party hat when there is a party, due to her fox ears.
    • The quote "I can't explain it. I have like, a thing for <name of Witch Doctor> the Witch Doctor. Is it because of the tail?" could point out that the Zoologist has a potential crush on the Witch Doctor.
    • The Zoologist's sprite was designed by Lazure, and was first shown in a Twitter post from him.[2]
      • According to Redigit, the sprite was designed a long time ago, but the team didn't have a use for it until 1.4.[3]
    • Along with the Traveling Merchant, Princess, and Cyborg, she is among a small group of NPCs who sell an item post-Moon Lord. The Zoologist's item is the Universal Pylon (the Bestiary must be completed for her to sell the item, which requires defeating the Moon Lord).
    The Zoologist in the credits before she was cursed
    The Zoologist in the credits before she was cursed
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Zoologist: "The Zoologist, resident lycanthrope, adores animals. Her fox-like biology resulted from a cursed animal bite."
    • The credits show the Zoologist before this cursed bite.

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    History

    References

    1. Redigit's message in #journeys-end-chat on the official Terraria Discord server May 19, 2020
    2. 2.0 2.1 Setup is pretty boring. Replying to @demilogic Apr 20, 2020
    3. Redigit's message in #journeys-end-chat on the official Terraria Discord server May 14, 2020